Limnology, River Restoration, EU Water Framework Directive (Limnolab)

Mission statement

© Ines Lober / Benjamin Kupilas

We are interested in the effects of anthropogenic stressors (e. g. climate change and land use) on our aquatic ecosystems and in the management and conservation of biodiversity and system functions in the face of global change. Our research combines field and laboratory work, experimental studies (manipulation in mesocosms) as well as the evaluation of existing data sets.

  • Team

    Dr. Friederike Gabel & Dr. Benjamin Kupilas (team leader)

    Prof. Dr. Tillmann Buttschardt
    Dr. Friederike Gabel
    Patrick Günner (M.Sc.)
    Dr. Benjamin Kupilas
    Diana Michler (M.Sc.)

    graduate and undergraduate students

  • Projects

    EUfMa - Gewässerentwicklung erheblich veränderter Fließgewässersystem

    MikroPlaTaS - Microplastics in Dams an Reservoirs: Sedimentation, Spread, Effects

    Mesocosm facility at the Münstersche Aa, Germany

    We study the possibility to actively recolonize sensitive macroinvertebrate taxa into morphologically restored stream sections under multiple stress using a stream-side mesocosm facility at the Münstersche Aa, Germany. Our facility comprises 32 circular stream mesocosms based on the ExStream set up (Piggott et al. 2015, Global Change Biology, 21(1):206–222. which enables a high degree of realism as they are run with stream water, which permits natural immigration and emigration of organisms, at the same time offering an unparalleled combination of strict control of experimental variables and excellent statistical power.

    Urban Heat Islands in Münster

    Another aspect of our work is the investigation of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in Münster on a micro-scale and meso-scale in the face of climate change. The role of green and blue infrastructure as a mitigation strategy to reduce heat stress in the city is studied in collaboration with the working group (Climatology).

    The construction of the mesocosm facility


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    • © Ines Lober
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    • © AG Ökoplan
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    We had typical Münster weather conditions when we started to construct the mesocosm plant at the Münschersche Aa on 06.03.2020. The work is actively supported by students of module M7 and by Peter Sulmann, the ILÖK technician. Ines Lober, Master candidate in the M.Sc. Water Sciences coordinates the activities.

  • Teaching

    Summer 2020
    S: Landschaftsnutzung und -management (M7, LÖK)
    E: Exkursion Lofoten (B10 / M11, LÖK)
    Winter 2019/20
    P: Forschungsprojekt (M13, LÖK)
    S: Ökologische Verbesserung von Gewässern (M15 WaWi)
    Summer 2019
    S: Fallstudie (M9, WaWi)
    S: Landschaftsnutzung und -management (M7)
    E: Exkursion Norwegen (B10 / M11, LÖK)
    Winter 2018/19
    V: Grundlagen der Ökologischen Planung (B 20/B 23/Modul 8)
    S: Ökologische Verbesserung von Gewässern (M15 WaWi)

  • Equipment

    Limnolab holds equipment to conduct fieldwork in aquatic ecosystems, with the focus on the study of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Moreover, we are closely collaborating with the ILÖK lab, which enables us to analyse water chemistry and stables isotopes (N, C) to investigate food webs. The inventory of our lab includes waders, electrofishing equipment, 200 temperature loggers etc. Furthermore, we are continuously extending